Now Joseph, a Levite of Cyprian birth, who was also called Barnabas by the apostles (which means Son of Encouragement), and who owned a tract of land, sold it and brought the money and laid it at the apostles' feet. Acts 4:36-37
Barnabas is mentioned many times in the New Testament, and he is always encouraging. He was a builder and people who wanted to build up others gathered around him. Have you noticed in our world that there are builders, and there are wrecking crews? The wrecking crews need few skilled workers to tear down. Which ever group we choose to be around will determine the kind of person we will be. Thanks to all the Barnabas' in our lives who build us up. Stay close.